Three New Leprosy Cases Reported in Florida

February 28, 2015 2:51 PM

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One of the worst diseases of all times is back and spreading in Florida: three new leprosy cases have been reported in the Volusia County within the last five months. Before these new reports, the same county has hosted only one case of leprosy in the past ten years. Additionally, a nearby county has registered 18 cases in the last five years.

The main carrier of leprosy, mainly in the southern U.S., is the armadillo, which is commonly found in the area. Doctors warn that contact with this animal should be avoided as the nine-banded creatures are the only known animal carriers of mycobacterium leprae. Details about how the armadillo carri...

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